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College Crosse Prospectus - June 29, 2018: Siena Introduces New Coach Liam Gleason; Bellarmine & Manhattan Years In Review; McMenamin Cousins Ready For World Lacrosse Championship

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for June 29, 2018.

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Coach Gleason was formally introduced as Siena’s newest men’s lacrosse head coach yesterday. Here’s an article from the Albany Times Union about the press conference and below is the press conference itself.

Posted by Siena Saints on Thursday, June 28, 2018

Speaking of BOSS Gleason, he was on 104.5 ESPN The Team yesterday to talk about his new gig and all things Saints.

Make sure you check out Chris’ Year In Review post on Bellarmine.

With the 2018 college lacrosse season complete, it’s time to start looking back at how all 71 teams did during the season, as well as what to expect from each squad for 2019.

We’ve already begun looking back to 2018 with some team recaps thus far and continued our series this week with Mercer and Wagner.

So with that, let’s continue the recaps!

#59 Bellarmine Knights

Conference: SoCon

2018 Record: 4-9 (2-5 in SoCon play)

Head coach: Kevin Burns (7th Year)

Statistical Leaders

Goals: Brian Wall (25)

Assists: Ian Miller (12)

Points: Brian Wall (34)

Faceoffs: Michael Autry (106-of-200; 53.0%)

Ground balls: Michael Autry and Jon Robbins (31)

Caused turnovers: Eric Rubak (15)

Goals against average: John Hulsman (8.69 GAA)

Save percentage: John Hulsman (58.9%)

Once you are done with Bellarmine, check out Manhattan’s Year In Review as well.

With the 2018 college lacrosse season complete, it’s time to start looking back at how all 71 teams did during the season, as well as what to expect from each squad for 2019.

We’ve already begun looking back to 2018 with some team recaps thus far and continued our series this week with Mercer, Wagner, and Bellarmine.

So with that, let’s continue the recaps!

#58 Manhattan Jaspers

Conference: MAAC

2018 Record: 4-10 (0-6 in SoCon play)

Head coach: Drew Kelleher (3rd Year)

Statistical Leaders

Goals: Parker Giarratana (23)

Assists: Parker Giarratana (23)

Points: Parker Giarratana (46)

Faceoffs: Joseph Bressingham (99-of-200; 49.5%)

Ground balls: Joseph Bressingham (57)

Caused turnovers: Rob Johnson (12)

Goals against average: Michael Zingaro (11.65 GAA)

Save percentage: Michael Zingaro (51.5%)

STAND UP, IRELAND/NEW JERSEY!!: Cousins Mike, Bill McMenamin Represent Ireland at World Lacrosse Championships.

MLL All-Stars vs. Team USA was great theater last night.

The storyline when Team USA plays in the Major League All-Star Game every four years doesn’t change. The U.S. team faces a talented, hungry squad of players that were often bypassed in the Team USA process.

That played out again on Thursday night before a crowd of 6,589 fans at Harvard Stadium when the MLL All-Stars staged a stunning comeback on the backs of players that participated in the U.S. tryouts to win 15-14 in overtime.

The MLL All-Stars led 8-7 at halftime, but then went scoreless for the first 24 minutes of the second half as the U.S. scored seven straight goals to open up a 14-8 lead.

The comeback began innocently enough. Defensemen Michael Manley, who played under U.S. team head coach John Danowski at Duke, picked up the ball and went the length of the field under tremendous pressure and a string of checks from U.S. midfielder Paul Rabil, but still found the back of the net while drawing a slashing penalty with 5:55 to play.

Hello fellow kids: Major League Lacrosse looks to expand its game through social media.

And MLL commissioner Alexander Brown wants to expand the game’s appeal to all sections of the country.

Brown, who replaced the league’s long-standing governor Dave Gross on Feb. 5, discussed MLL demographics, social media, marketing and his vision for the sport prior to last night’s All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium.

“We are actually doing a study with Nielson right now to confirm our (demographics),” said Brown. “I will tell you right now from my anecdotal observations that our demo is somewhere between nine and probably 20. That’s a sweet spot in terms of kids who are consuming social media through Instagram and YouTube and Snapchat. What is very high on my agenda is creating a very robust stream of content digitally for this demographic that is not necessarily live content but content that is snackable that’s in five, 10 and 15 second bites.

Long-time head coach in Connecticut steps down over potential parental interference.

A 72-year-old boys varsity lacrosse coach in Connecticut stepped down recently, citing future parental conflict as the reason.

Paul McNulty, who just finished his 50th year coaching high school sports, has resigned his post at Staples High (Westport, Conn.).

“I was warned there was a group of people coming into the high school and their goal was for a regime change in (other sports) and lacrosse,” McNulty told The Norwalk Hour. “I realized I had just finished my 50th year as a coach in either football or lacrosse and these parents were going to be there for four years before they cycled through. If I was 20-something years old, fine, but I figured that I’d rather go. That’s enough. Let somebody else deal with it.”

McNulty also told The Hour he had nothing but great things to say about his current group of parents.

Dartmouth hires Joe Conner as the associate head coach for the Big Green.

Dartmouth men’s lacrosse head coach Brendan Callahan today announced the hiring of Joe Conner as the associate head coach for the Big Green, who will act as the team’s offensive coordinator as well.

Conner arrives in Hanover after serving nine years on the Bucknell men’s lacrosse staff, seven of those as the top assistant and the last two as the associate head coach. He helped the Bison win their first-ever Patriot League Tournament championship in his second season in Lewisburg, as well as achieve their highest national ranking at any point in a season in program history (sixth) during the 2013 campaign.

In his first year in the role of offensive coordinator, Conner coached Bucknell to the top shooting percentage in the nation in 2012, setting program records in goals (179), assists (108) and points (287) along the way. Three years ago, his Bison offense ranked 20th nationally with over 11 goals per game. This past spring, Bucknell scored nearly 12 per game as the team finished the year ranked 16th in the nation. The top-three offensive players on the team were all selected in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Draft, including Will Sands who set the team record with 55 assists while scoring 20 goals as well to become the fourth Bison with at least 70 points in a season.

Speaking of the FIL, here’s a neat video by the Israel Project.

Denver is going to host the 2019 Big East Lacrosse Championship.

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team, presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores has been selected as the host for the 2019 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship, presented by Jeep, the conference office announced Wednesday. Denver will host the BIG EAST Championship for the second time in its six years in the conference from May 2-4, 2019 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, having also hosted the tournament in 2016.

The Pioneers will welcome a Division I conference tournament to the DU campus for the fourth time in their history, serving as the site for the 2011 and 2012 ECAC tournaments. The Crimson and Gold, one of four (Maryland, Duke, Notre Dame) programs to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals seven times in the last eight seasons, return 10 of 14 starters from a team that finished 13-4 and improved to 26-0 all-time in BIG EAST regular season play in 2017. Head coach Bill Tierney will return to the DU sideline for his 10th season, and his 35th season as a head coach overall, sitting six wins away from 400.

New Fred Opie podcast with Syracuse alum & Boston College assistant Kayla Trainer.

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Party time in A.C.: Hard Rock, Ocean Resort open to big fanfare

The city’s two new casinos, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Ocean Resort Casino, opened their doors Thursday amid splintering guitars, popping champagne corks, falling confetti, blaring music and a bustling Boardwalk. Before the weekend is over, the historic dual casino openings — both of which welcomed gamblers the night before — are expected to draw as many as 1 million people to the resort, ending with a free Sunday beach concert by country music artist Sam Hunt. Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam celebrated the day as a “new era.”

“Not only did we open one, we’re opening two casinos in one day,” said Gilliam, who attended both openings. “Atlantic City is open for business.” A noticeable energy was present on the Boardwalk and trickled into the casinos. Long lines formed inside as residents and visitors gathered to be part of the action. “They brought a Vegas feel (to the Boardwalk),” said Atlantic City resident Ed Cota, 33. “I think it’s going to rocking for a long time.”

World/National News

That’s a lot of cheese.

America’s stockpile of cheese is at its highest in more than 100 years, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. According to a report on cold storage from the USDA, America has 1.385 billion pounds o cheese in its stockpile, the highest since records started being taken in August 1917. The report found that the East North Central region of the United States has the highest stock of natural cheese for American and other cheese, with 339 million pounds of American cheese and 374 million pounds of other cheese. According to the Washington Post, the cheese stockpile is so high because there’s too much milk on hand for processors, and milk is more easily stored as cheese. Combine that wil school being out and cows being more productive, you get the record number.

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